Devils coach Peter DeBoer was asked directly about two no-calls which resulted in goals in his team’s 3-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.
Prior to Dan Girardi’s goal 53 seconds into the third period, it appeared that Martin Brodeur was bumped by Derek Stepan in front of the net, though the Devils goaltender may have been out of his crease at the time.
“It looked like a bump to me,” DeBoer said.
Prior to Chris Kreider’s goal at 12:00, replays showed that Michael Del Zotto closed his hand on the puck as he tried to push it up the back wall.
“It looked like a hand on the puck,” DeBoer said.
DeBoer said following the game the no-calls weren’t the reason his team lost.
• Jacob Josefson (fractured left wrist) and Henrik Tallinder (blood clots in leg) skated on Tuesday afternoon.
Josefson, who has been out since April 3, hopes to rejoin the team for the Rangers series.
Tallinder has been out since Jan. 19.
“They’re getting closer,” DeBoer said.”
• For two periods, the Devils forecheck looked pretty effective. Then it disappeared in the third.
“It can be a lot better. We looked this morning at some of the different instances and a couple times we didn’t dump the puck in well enough to let our first forechecker get in there,” captain Zach Parise said.
“And then a lot of times we were just a little too spread out. We’d get our first guy in there but our second guy wasn’t close enough, and the way they play in their defensive zone, they overload really well, and if you don’t have your second guy in there it’s tough to get pucks back. We just have to be a little closer to each other when we’re forechecking to get those pucks back.”
• Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 21 shots he faced to record the shutout in Game 1.
“He plays deep. He plays a lot deeper than most goalies in the league, and he’s really good,” Parise said. “He anticipates well laterally. He’s pretty unique in that aspect with the way he plays.
“He’s a butterfly goalie [like most goalies in this league]. Nothing changes. You always preach the same thing. Get in his sight lines. Every goalie [in the NHL] is good enough now where they’re gonna stop it if they see it. We gotta do a better of job of getting in front of him and jumping on those rebounds.
“He’s an MVP candidate for a reason.”
• Parise expects the Devils to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday night at the Garden.
“We have to play much better, and I think we will,” he said.